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Adventure OTS, 13 Night Snowbird Migration Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 8, 2018

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Portland Sail Away.

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The local island ferry.

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Portland basking in the sunset.

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On schedule at 5:30pm we cast lines and began pulling away from the pier.  

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This was part of the Fort that defended Portland.

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One last look as we sail away from Portland.

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A short 147 nm to Boston tomorrow at a speed of 8 knots.

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Day 10 - Boston, MA

I woke at 5am and ventured outside.  The helipad was open so I headed there.  This is where I noticed a limitation of this point and shoot camera.  On my A7III this picture would have been much clearer.  In fairness, it's pitch black out so the little camera did pretty good.

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As I endured the strong breeze and wind chill of the helipad a sunrise was starting behind us.

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The lights of Boston had slowly been growing as we navigated through a myriad of boat traffic on our approach.

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Eventually the crew came out to raise the Royal Caribbean flag on the bow.

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Fort Independence on Castle Island, one of a number of forts that protected the city of Boston.

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Logan airport was on our right and I had been watching a steady stream of airplanes taking off.

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As we inched closer I could see two ships in port already.

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Aircraft coming in for a landing in the sky at Logan.

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It appeared we would be docking in front of the AIDA ship.

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Tight fit in this channel.

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Time to slide the ship towards the pier. 

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With that I can add another port I've been to (by cruise ship) on my list.

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On 10/12/2018 at 7:49 AM, firebuck said:

There's something nostalgic for me about that shimmy.  My first cruise ever was on Explorer, and she was down a stabilizer at the time.  The gentle rocking back and forth at dinner was off-putting for some, but I loved it.  Bedtime was even better as I was completely lulled to sleep by the motion while others were searching for the barf bags.

I agree! I like to feel movement on a ship!  That way I know I'm at sea and not just in a hotel. :-)

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On 10/17/2018 at 1:12 PM, Boston Babe said:

I can't wait to see pictures of my beloved city!! (and home of the future World Series Champs! LOL)

Ask and you shall receive...  Boston in pictures.

Exiting the ship there is a moving walkway down to ground level.

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A shuttle is available to a popular tourist area approximately 2 miles away.

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I chose to walk...

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Our cruise terminal on this day.

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I followed the signs towards the Liberty Wharf and wouldn't you know it... a brewery!

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Yes indeed.  Too early to get distracted I kept going...

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Boston is clearly the biggest city on this cruise but very walkable.

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Pretty soon a harborwalk started and much of my day was spent exploring it. 

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Fall colors also ramping up here in Boston.

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Boston has a series of piers and each is named.  This is the fish pier.

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Aptly named and clearly a source of fresh seafood.

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Continuing along...

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You do get a sense of the history of Boston when you see things like where the edge of the pier was in 1876.

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I had a barking squirrel in a previous port so The Barking Crab seemed to fit this journey.

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Too early to stop I continued along the harborwalk.

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Underneath the bridge was the Boston Rowing Club.

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Around the corner I saw some people throwing stuff into the water.

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Fed up with taxation the local population was doing something about it!

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The Boston Aquarium.

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I was getting thirsty from all this walking.  This looked as good a place as any.

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Harpoon IPA.

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Refreshed and recharged I ambled on.

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I needed to head back to the ship for a conference call so I hailed a taxi.

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A water taxi that is.

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Up until this point my day had cost me the price of a beer so I treated the water taxi like an excursion.  A water tour of the Boston shoreline.

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It was a quick and easy way to get back closer to the ship at a reasonable price.

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Approaching the last stop on the route I could see the top of the ship over the buildings.

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A very enjoyable and quick ride back.

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The cruise terminal and area is named after a previous mayor.

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As it turns out the ride back was was faster than I anticipated so I had some time to kill.

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Enough time for a flight of beers at the Harpoon Brewery.

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With that complete I did the final 10 minute walk back to the ship.

Security was quick and easy, typical cruise terminal experience.

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Then up the gangway towards the ship.

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It was a beautiful and sunny day in Boston and I got to explore a harbor front and part of Boston that I never have when flying here for business. 

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Our progress so far...

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Boston Sail Away

I ventured up after I did some work and discovered we were backing down out the channel we had sailed into upon arrival.  The wind was up and rain had moved through.  It was cold and nasty.  Yet our Captain did an amazing job backing the ship down the channel past the AIDA ship that was still docked in place.

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It was so windy this arriving Air France 777 had to abort it's landing approach at Logan and perform a go-around.

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Fort Independence in better light.

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The sky was very dramatic tonight.

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The Silverseas Silver Wind that we started this cruise with in Quebec City was arriving.  At a distance I thought I saw her towing a yacht behind her when I realized it was a pilot boat.  It was so windy the pilot boat took shelter behind her and stayed in her wake.  

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Being a 'company' ship (now owned by RCCL) the ships did a horn salute to each other as they passed.

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The pilot boat then turned in behind us to pick up our pilot.

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The sky ripped open above Boston and it looked like a scene from a sci-fi movie where the whole city was about to be engulfed.  

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Instead a plane flew into this tear in the space-time continuum... wait, that's a different sci-fi movie. 

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6 hours ago, GoodSmith said:

How do you plan where to walk when you get to a new port? You probably open the map and take a look, but how do you read the map and what do you look for?

I just follow my feet.  Subtle clues lead my way.  When arriving into a port I try to be on deck observing.  Population tends to be denser in areas of interest.  Towns grow into cities around waterfront.  On a Canada/New England cruise like this it's easy.  The same patterns don't exist at all ports such as Florida or the Caribbean.  

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Nine pages in and I'm finally commenting!  Loving your pictures as usual!  Nine days from now I'll be walking the same Boston waterfront, and ten days from now I'll be walking through that terminal to get on Serenade of the Seas.  Man...I better start packing!  LOL

Glad you got to stop at Harpoon.  Barking Crab was recommended to us as well.  We check into our hotel in a Boston suburb, and are meeting friends later in the day for drinks, so we're going to Uber to the waterfront, do a walking tour, then walk over the bridge to meet up.  Looks like a great walking area! 

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Day 11 - Sea Day

I woke to an overcast day.  The ship had a small swagger to it, or maybe that just me walking the hallways as if I'd been drinking already.  Nothing too bad, just a subtle shimmy like riding on a train.  

The outer decks were not calling my name so it was an inside day.  The Captain had hugged the coast throughout the night to avoid some rougher stuff farther off-shore.  

Weather improved throughout the day and I've stopped wearing a jacket if outside briefly just to take pictures and look around.  Tomorrow should be even better.

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Day 11 Dinner Menu

Formal Night, lobster night.

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Pretty sunset tonight.

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Our progress so far...

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We are in Grandeur waters.

Distance traveled 2,446 nm.  

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Thanks for the pics of Boston. I'll be there in a few weeks, and have some time to kill waiting for a co-worker to arrive on a much later flight, so may have to check out the harbor front based on how awesome those pics looked.

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7 hours ago, Auto said:

Thanks for the pics of Boston. I'll be there in a few weeks, and have some time to kill waiting for a co-worker to arrive on a much later flight, so may have to check out the harbor front based on how awesome those pics looked.

The water taxi goes to Logan.

https://www.bostonharborcruises.com/media/3641/map-legend.pdf

 

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Can't believe today is Day Twelve already, with your final port of call (Port Canaveral) tomorrow :( 

Loved hearing about your time in Boston (great memories of my 2012 vacation!) and photos of last night's sunset, simply gorgeous! 

 

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Day 12 - Sigh Day... I mean Sea Day

I'm getting really tired of taking sunrise and sunset photos.  Seriously.   

Sunrise this morning.

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Coming back from lunch I spotted some people getting ready to do some scuba instruction with the on-board PADI 5 star dive shop.  It's beginning to look like a normal cruise again!  7am and people are sitting on loungers by the pool!

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By noon it was full cruise mode with people in shorts and bathing suits, swimming, sunning, having fun.

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This may seem all right and normal to anyone reading this but after 12 days of cool weather with no one outside day after day, this is very different!  It's a cruise!

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People were lined up for the flowrider.  People, plural.  More than one.

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Not quite sure what move this is but I took this just before...

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Looking at our progress it just now dawns on me how much of the U.S. East coast we have covered.

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Pretty much all of it by the time we finish.

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Just about at the FL/GA border.

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I hear rumors that several hundred are disembarking in Port Canaveral tomorrow. 

Could it be true?  Might I have a chance at a seat in the Diamond lounge after all?  Only time will tell...

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Yay You Are All Most To Port Canaveral

Just now, twangster said:

I hear rumors that several hundred are disembarking in Port Canaveral tomorrow

Well That Makes Perfect Spence Because The Villages Is An Hour Away And They Want To Save Money By Not Paying For A Rental Car Or  The Villages Shuttle That Runs From Port Everglades To The Villages 

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